Narduzzi draws ire of Pitt players after callout
Adam Rittenberg, ESPN
- Senior WriterOct 28, 2023, 09:37 PM ET Close College football press reporter.
- Signed up with ESPN.com in 2008.
- Graduate of Northwestern University.Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi
took duty for Saturday’s 58-7 loss to Notre Dame, after at first expressing frustration that the team hasn’t changed its top players from the 2022 team.Narduzzi, who suffered the most uneven loss of his profession and Pitt’s worst because a 60-6 defeat to Notre Dame in 1996, said after the game that the 2-6 Panthers have struggled to fill holes this season. Pitt had six players selected in the 2023 NFL draft, connected with Clemson for most in the ACC and the fifth-most among FBS groups.”As a football coach you lose a lot of excellent players from a year ago and you believe as a coach you’re going to
replace them, and obviously we have not,” Narduzzi informed reporters at Notre Dame Stadium. “Again, it starts with me. I didn’t do a sufficient job coaching today. Put it on me, and we have actually got to make plays. “Editor’s Picks After Narduzzi’s quote appeared on social media, a number of current Pitt players reacted. Safety Javon McIntyre reposted Narduzzi’s quote with
the caption,”huh, “and a thinking emoji. Rodney Hammond Jr. published it with a question mark and “insane world.”Narduzzi responded with a post of his own on X, previously Twitter, where he took complete responsibility for the loss. “Like I stated after the game, it begins with me,”Narduzzi posted.”I didn’t do a sufficient task coaching today. Put it on me! I stay committed to completing the season strong with our group!”Narduzzi directed Pitt to an ACC title in 2021 and a 2nd straight AP Top 25 finish in 2022, but remains in threat of taping his worst season at the school. Pitt has had just one losing season under his watch
, back in 2017, and has not lost more than 7 games in a season during his tenure.The Panthers host No. 4 Florida State next week.